Longtime Seattle Sounders target and U.S. national team forward Jordan Morris has turned down a contract offer from Werder Bremen following a trial with the German club, the team announced Tuesday.

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Longtime Seattle Sounders target and U.S. national-team forward Jordan Morris, a Mercer Island native, has turned down a contract offer from Werder Bremen following a trial with the German club, the team announced Tuesday.

“Following intense talks, the player made clear that he currently sees his future in America,” Bremen chief executive Thomas Eichin said in a club statement. “Of course, we respect this decision. We’re in a situation now where we need players who fully identify with Werder and the way things are done here, in order for them to focus properly on the task ahead. For this reason, we have ruled out a transfer for the time being, but we will remain in close contact with him and are still entertaining the idea of working together in the future.”

Given that the Sounders hold Morris’ MLS rights — and unless the 21 year old has a previously unforeseen interest in the NASL — they now have the inside track to sign a player they first offered a deal following his freshman season at Stanford.

Morris turned that down, as well as a league-record Homegrown Player contract a season later to return for his junior year with the Cardinal. But despite his rising stock and national profile, Morris has never wavered from his public intention to begin his professional career with his hometown team.

Morris will join the national team’s January camp upon his return to the U.S. The Sounders report to training camp Friday.